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According to a famous Chinese provobe “Know the origin of that water you drinking, NOOB!”, or in mandarin “ying sui shi yen”. The idea is that you shall remember how your food came about.

Now I’m sure most of you have either eaten, or at least know what a caesar salad is, but how many of you know the origin of caesar salad? According to this page in culinaryarts site, it’s from the name of the creater, Caesar Cardini. Some might even say it was to the great Caesar in ancient Rome.

Those are lies! I shall reveal the long kept secret that is the origin of caesar salad to the world here.

Once upon a time there was a lady on diet who went to a restaurant late night to have a fix. It was 5 minutes to closing. She ordered a salad, any salad.

The waiter then took the order to the kitchen that was already closing. The chef, chef Ahbeng, gave a sour face and then look at what he’s got left that hasn’t been put away and locked yet.. and what he found was these..

items to make salad

a loaf of french bread, romaine lettuce, olive oil, parmesan cheese, garlic, and a pair of scissors.

He’s already kept the knifes in the safe, and was too lazy to unlock, he wasn’t in the best of mood that night anyway.

So he use the scissor to cut up the ingredients, put them in a plate, added olive oil and some Worcestershire sauce too. Shoved it to the waiter and called it the scissor salad.

Caesar SaladIt was served to the customer, she liked it, alot. In fact, she was a writer for a famous culinary magazine. She wrote about it, and thought that it was actually called ceasar salad. The rest of the world followed.

There you go, know your food!

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Went to PPS Bash, and I am going to be posting a slightly alternate view of the party. My salute to the organizers for their efforts. However, I would like to talk about my experience of it and perhaps offer a few suggestions for next year’s event.

Sorry folks, this post isn’t going to contain any pictures of the party. I’m sure you can find plenty of those around, Reta‘s the first to post them up, and I’m sure Suanie, Kim, ST, and the rest will follow pretty soon.

The location:
Charlie’s Place. Personally I think the set up of the place isn’t very well suited for the amount of people who attended the party. The indoor area were a little too small even to fit half the attendees, there weren’t enough chairs. While the food was good, the service were pretty poor. Kim has waited some 3 hours to get her’s, and it wasn’t a service with a smile either, to say the least.

Perhaps a hotel ballroom would be a much preferred venue? I believe a small cover charge would be sufficient to handle the cost.

The event:
There event organization, I believe, could be a little better. It was very unfortunate nobody has volunteered to be the MC, and I think Suan rejected the idea the offer to be one. As such, the party became like a get together with segregated groups of people. Those who were in the blog rings longer were a lot more comfortable, and those were weren’t, mostly just hung around with their respective groups.

Taking a cue from high school prom nights and award shows, an MC or two should definitely be running the show, maybe throw in a projector to showcase nomination of blogs?

An ice breaking session would definitely be most welcoming as well, I believe. That would make a lot of us strike up conversations with “strangers” whom we otherwise would not have.

Many bloggers are like me, newbies to the scene. Most of our readers are our real life friends, and there aren’t many blog friends we know that we haven’t meet yet. Striking up conversations with perfect strangers that share only one thing in common (blogging) with you could be a challenging thing to do especially when most are busily engaging with people they already know.

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Many thanks again to those who made this came true, and please do not get offended by my comments, they were merely honest opinions/suggestions. I look forward to next year, and hopefully we can have a more enjoyable and “friendlier to newbie” party.

Whenever you are trying to enjoy some good old stinky durian, there are always flies all around you trying to share the spoil. Isn’t that just annoying? Don’t you hate it? Furthermore, it’s really unhygienic.

Now of course, the famous Suanie will show us the way to counter this pesky little natural phenomenon. Move your mouse pointer over to the graphic below to find out the answer.

Cheers!


After 5 futile day waiting for the pre-mixed concrete that never came. A decision was made, we were going to do it ourself, mixing it old school, hardcore style. 1 part cement, 2 part sand, and 4 parts gravel.

My cousin who is in the construction business brought us to the building material store to get the supplies, and lend some free professional consultations too.

I bought: 1 fork-lift scoop of gravel, 2 scoops of sand, 2 sheets of BRC, 8 packs of cement, 450 cement-bricks, 150 red-bricks, 3 packs of water-proofing agent, 2 rows of brick wire mesh.

Total cost: RM 680+

koi pond building material
Building material delivered, looking like a construction yard now.

cousin in construction industry
Cousin giving a few words of advice

BRC to strengthen the foundation
BRC is laid for a strong foundation

BRC on koi pond foundation
BRC had to be raised a couple inches high (using bricks) so that it’ll be in the middle layer of the concrete

mixing the concrete for koi pond foundation
Mixing the concrete, Big David helped, and so did Chan

mixing concrete for koi pond foundation
David gotten a bit tired..

kerol fooling around
Sotong was just fooling around, as usual

leveling the koi pond concrete foundation
While they mix, I level the concrete foundation at approximately 5 inches thick

concrete foundation for koi pond - done
And it was done!

Next up – Brick wall

While waiting for the pre-mix concrete that never came, we decided to construct a roof partially over the pond. This would ensure the pond does not get too much sunlight. Koi loves a cool temperature, furthermore, extra sunlight promotes algea growth that will make the water green.

We bought some 1″x2″ and 2″x3″ beams for the construction, the plan is to construct only one column at the right end. Connect that to the existing extended roof at the left side like a ‘7’ shape, both with the 2″x3″ beams. The structure would then be connected with the smaller 1″x2″ beams to the existing roof at the top. Put a layer of the “netting” that is usually used for orchids, and we’re set.

Total cost of the roof was around RM 100. That includes the saw, too.

constructing roof over the koi pond
Connecting the skinny beam to the ‘7’ shaped column.

constructing roof over the koi pond
Power tools to the help

constructing roof over the koi pond
Chisseled the edge for a nice finishing

constructing roof over the koi pond
Sawed off the edge, fancy my acrobatic move? Yeah, it translate to performance in other areas too!

constructing roof over the koi pond
The frame is up!

constructing roof over the koi pond
Horng put some finishing touches to the netting

constructing roof over the koi pond
Success!
That took us the whole saturday.

Next up – Concrete Foundation!